Below are breif descriptions of some events on the current program:  

Saturday, 18th January 2020.
Walk: Mount Ridley Nature Conservation Reserve,13 km. Easy.  Leader: Ron P.
Starting at Mount Ridley Conservation Reserve Car Park, the walk descends Mt. Ridley Road before crossing over to Mickleham and entering the Mount Ridley Nature Conservation Reserve. The walk through the Reserve is mainly on gravel tracks with grass verges, and some quiet suburban streets that are used to connect the various parts of the Reserve. A short(ish) section of the walk will be easy offtrack on flat land that follows alongside Malcolm Creek before finishing the walk on gravel tracks and quiet suburban streets. Apart from the hill (down) at the start, the walk is mainly flat with a different route back to the finish to avoid the long Mt. Ridley Road hill (up). Boots are recommended and walking poles could come in handy.
Magnificent views over the CBD are available from the car park on a clear day.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 5th February 2020.
Walk: Aitken Creek Circuit, 13 km. Easy.   Leader: Ron P.
Starting the walk at Bunnings Craigieburn, we walk a short disknce to cross over Malcolm Creek and walk towards Craigieburn Station. Then it is a short walk to join up with Aitken Creek. We then follow the creek towards Craigieburn Public Golf Course. The trail continues through the middle of the Golf Course (legally), before crossing Aitken Boulevard and heading for Highlands Lake (toilets). Continuing past the Central Shopping Centre (nonstop), the walk passes through Arzac Park (toilet) on the way to Malcolm Creek. We then walk east along Malcolm Creek Linear Park back to the finish at Bunnings, stopping just before the finish for afternoon tea. The walk is mainly flat with perhaps a few undulations through the Golf Course with a mixture of gravel, bitumen and concrete tracks to walk on. Most of the tracks have grass verges alongside them for a softer walking surface.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 26th February 2020.
Walk: Bendigo Creek Trail, 14 km, Easy. Leader: Ron P.
This walk starts at Kangaroo Flat Station and takes us along the Bendigo Creek Trail to finish at Epsom. On the way, we pass through many parklands (toilets), Golden Square, Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo City Centre (including Alexandra Fountain, Rosalind Park and the Chinese Precinct and toilets), and then on to Lake Weeroona (toilet),White Hills, past Bendigo Botanic Gardens and on to the finish at Epsom.
The Bendigo Creek changes in appearance throughout the walk, varying from overgrown waterway to brick/concrete lined channel, to small lakes (plus Lake Weeroona), and a wider waterway towards Epsom. There should be plenty of bird life to see and photograph. The trail is mainly bitumen with concrete footpaths through the Berrdigo CBD, and is 99% flat, so walking poles should not be needed. Toilets are frequent as indicated above. Depending on the time of finishing the walk at Epsom, it may be possible to catch an earlier return train from
Epsom through to Southern Cross. This would mean that those wanting to return to Watergardens would need to change at Sunbury to a Metro line train for the two stops to Watergardens. The altemative is to catch a bus from Epsom to Bendigo Station and get the later train that stops at Watergardens. If that sounds complicated, 'nil desperandum', your Leader has everything under control.   Retum depends on time of the walk frnishing as above, but the following af,e the planned choices:
a) Return from Epsom Station at 2.28 pm stopping at Sunbury (4.02 pm), Footscray (4.23 pm) and arriving at Southern Cross at4.33 pm.
b) Return from Bendigo Station at 3.18 pm stopping at Watergardens (5.01 pm) Footscray (5.15 pm), and arriving at Southern Cross at 5.25 pm. This would also involve catching a bus from Epsom to Bendigo Station at 2.38pm.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 4th March 2020.
Walk: Melton Circuit, 14 km, Easy.  Leader: Ron P.
The walk starts at Hanna Watts park and takes in the parks and waterways of Melton, including Melton Reservoir/Werribee River where the train line viaduct crosses the water. From there, the walk heads north to cross the Western Freeway via Arnolds Creek, visiting the Arthur Westlake Memorial Reserve and Lake (toilets) before turning east towards Navan Park (toilets) and Little Blind Creek when we follow the creek south to the finish at Hannah Watts Park (toilets), after calling in at a suitable establishment in High Street for afternoon tea.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 11th March 2020.
Walk: Greenvale Reservoir, 11 km, Easy Medium.  Leader: Ron P.
This is a "maybe" walk. That means, "maybe it will take place, maybe it won't." The reason being that Greenvale Reservoir has been closed for upgrades by Melboume Water for several years. Whilst works to upgrade the entrance to the Reservoir Park are complete, the Park was expected to remain closed until February 2019 whilst Parks Victoria undertakes works to upgrade Park facilities. February 2019 has come and gone and the Park has still not reopened at the time of writing this preview. Attempts will be made to find out when the next due date of reopening will be, and if a suitable answer is not forthcoming, then a Plan B walk will take place in the Greenvale area.
Wherever the walk, boots are recommended.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Friday, 13th of March to Sunday, 15th of March 2020
Base Camp: Waratah Bay.
Waratah Bay is located in South Gippsland. We will be staying in cabins at the Waratah Bay Caravan Park that is situated on a beach with wonderful views of Wilsons Promontory. On Saturday, we will undertake a 14km easy-medium beach walk to Walkerville South and return. The walk features the remains of a lime kiln used in the late 19 th and early 20 th century, and a historic cemetery. On Sunday we will undertake easy short walks in the vicinity of Venus Bay.  Deposit for the cabins is required by the February meeting. Walkers have the option of a self-guided 17km walk on the new Hoddle Trail nearby on the Friday (this is not a club walk).
Saturday, 28th March 2020.
Walk: Djerring Trail, 17 km, Easy. Leader: Ron P.
This is a repeat of the midweek walk in September 2019, but this time walking in the reverse direction. i.e. Caulfield to Noble Park. "Djerring" is an aboriginal word, translated as "join or "unite" and also is interpreted as "connect". Nine level crossings have been removed between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections, with much of the walk being underneath these elevated sections (Skyrail).
Some of the walk includes walking along unchanged sections, and these can be eliminated by hopping on a train and going to the next section of skyrail. This would eliminate the uninteresting parts of the walk and save wear and tear on the feet - how is that for 'duty of care'?
The walk is just about flat all the way, but is nearly all on concrete pathways. Hence the option of eliminating one or two sections. Also by starting at Caulfield this time, we will see the more interesting sections first, before the need to catch an early train home catches up with anyone. Toilets are at most of the Stations that we visit during the walk.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 15th April 2020.
Walk: Cobaw Ridge Circuit, 15 km, Easy Medium.   Leader: Ron P.
This is a circuit walk with Ridge Road in the Cobaw Ranges bisecting the middle of the circuit. Before lunch, we will walk around the westem part of the circuit, mainly on flat(ish) tracks. After lunch, there will be a couple of short steep descents, followed by a bit of a climb to the top of the ridge and then back down to Ridge Road and back to the cars. Boots are recommended and walking pole(s) would be useful.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 18th April 2020.
Walk: Hovell Creek Trail, 13 km, Easy.   Leader: Ron P.
This is a repeat of the midweek walk in October 2019. A full preview is given in OME Issue 70 August 2019. We start walking at Corio Station doing a circuit of the Shell Refinery to get to Corio Bay Foreshore. Along the way we will pass or see Geelong Grammar School, Limeburners Bay Boat Harbour, Hovell Creek, the You Yangs - in the distance, and the Princes Freeway. In Lara, we will visit the Kevin Hoffinan Walk along Hovell Creek, before turning back for a choice of coffee shops before making our way to Lara Station for the train journey back to Melbourne.  The walk is mainly flat and on walking/cycle tracks, but boots are recommended.   Please indicate on the booking sheet which station you will be getting on the train. The retum trains from Lara stop at the same stations to drop off passengers.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 29th April 2020
Walk: Bungal State Forest, 13 Km Medium.    Leader: Marg W.
Description: Disclaimer, The location had not been prewalked at the time of submission to OME so this description is from third party sources.   The Bungal State Forest is located south of Ballan.   The first part of the walk (about 7Km) is along management vehicle tracks. The next ~5Km is off track along the Moorabool River East Branch. The terrain is open woodland dotted with the remains of alluvial gold diggings and the odd stone chimney. There is a fair chance of kangaroo and echidna sightings.
Contact Marg as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

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The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

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